Alexandria, Virginia is great place to live and raise a family. This city is full of history and also modern conveniences.  Unfortunately, numerous household pests have also noticed what a great place this is to reside. They come in all types, generally leaving calling cards to announce their presence, although sometimes indications of insect infestation may be mostly hidden. If you suspect a problem with bugs in your home the most prudent course is to call a local, reliable bug exterminator. Highland Pest offers eco-friendly pest control services in Alexandria Virginia. We have a great plan called Eco-Defense which is specifically designed to combat most pest issues Alexandrians will encounter all year long.

Common household pests in Alexandria include ants, cockroaches, mice, rats, crickets, mosquitoes, and more. While plenty of products are sold at the hardware store for dealing with these home-invaders, most have little lasting effect, unlike our year-round Eco Defense Pest Control program, which will always be performed by a certified pest control technician and is guaranteed year round. In most cases a do-it-yourself approach to insect eradication will fall short of desired results.

Here are some signs/symptoms that should lead you to considering contacting your bug exterminator and arranging to an on-site inspection:

  1. Ants

Ants are the most common insects found nationwide, including in Northern Virginia. Local ant varieties include:

  • Odorous House Ants
  • Little Black Ants
  • Acrobat Ants
  • Carpenter Ants

Ants are highly organized colonists that will set up housekeeping in your domain by building nests and scavenging around for food. They like the kitchen area, especially if they have access to unsealed, sweet foods. One sweet morsel inadvertently left behind can attract hundreds of ants within minutes. They also like to come inside in the hot summer months, in search of water. The ants you observe are only the tip of the iceberg. Even if you kill them with ant spray new ones will keep coming back. Call a professional pest control company for a permanent solution.

  1. Cockroaches

Unfortunately, cockroaches are a common pest in Alexandria, VA. The most prevalent types are: 

  • American Cockroaches
  • German Cockroaches
  • Oriental Cockroaches
  • Wood Cockroaches (less common)
  • Brown-banded Cockroaches

The majority of roaches like the dark and, often living within your home’s walls, are sometimes difficult to observe unless you surprise them at night when you flip on the light in your dark kitchen. They’re scavengers that will eat just about anything (including other cockroaches!) and they’re also disease carriers. Some like moist areas (Bathroom, Laundry Room) and some dry, but all of them like to hide in dark places. They have few natural predators and infestations can occur rapidly. If you see roaches, call a bug exterminator to get rid of them.

  1. Spiders

While many spiders in this area are harmless to people, that does not mean you want spiders living in or near your home! Particularly if you experience any arachnophobia. 

Spiders are predatory insects, meaning they eat other bugs. By controlling the prevalence of bugs in and around your home with a year round pest protection plan, you can limit attractive food sources for spiders. It is also important to eliminate their webs, which spiders can build in remote, often high places around your home. A professional exterminator will be able to knock down any webs around the home with an extendable wand. 

  1. Rodents

The most prevalent rodents in Alexandria are:

  • Mice
  • Norway Rats

Rodents are the enemy of humans. They always like to live where people live and eat our refuse. Unfortunately, they can carry diseases, and can also cause a lot of damage to a home or vehicle. Rats especially have very strong jaws and can chew through doors, electrical wiring, and the underside of vehicles. If you notice anything suspicious, like droppings, or gnaw marks, it’s important to call a professional exterminator right away. A pest control professional will have knowledge of rodent behavior and be able to identify where and how they are getting in your home and know what traps and bait to use to eliminate them. 

  1. Other common household pests

Other pests observed in your house that should prompt you into seeking professional bug exterminator services include silverfish, fleas, ticks, wasps, crickets, and stinkbugs. No one wants to share living space with any these insects. Call a professional to help you get rid of them!